Ethical altruism and redistribution: an experimental approach

Mittone, Luigi (2003) Ethical altruism and redistribution: an experimental approach. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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    The focus of this paper is on altruism and coordination among agents with different income levels. A special form of altruism (ethical altruism) is investigated by means of experiments. The definition of altruism here used takes the hint by the A. Sen’s concept of obligation, i.e. behaviours that produce advantage to someone whose welfare is not important at all for the agent’s wellbeing. In this sense this paper investigates on altruism without reciprocity. A second hypothesis here investigated is that the degree of extent of the ethical altruism is influenced by gender and by income differences within the population.

    Item Type: Departmental Technical Report
    Department or Research center: CEEL (Computable and Experimental Economics Laboratory)
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
    Report Number: 1
    Repository staff approval on: 14 Jan 2011

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